ESPN is still hungry for the story of University at Buffalo senior Kyle Hughes and his pizza prize.
Hughes became famous Tuesday night as the fan who reacted with over-the-top enthusiasm after sinking a half-court basket at the UB-Akron men's basketball game and winning 12 medium pizzas. "SportsCenter" hosts, in a segment that went viral, wondered why Hughes was so excited when he didn't win a valuable prize like a new car or free tuition.
After more prodding on "SportsCenter" and on social media, UB athletics and contest sponsor Santora's Pizza Pub & Grill upgraded Hughes' prize to 12 large pizzas, each with 10 wings.
This prompted ESPN anchor Steve Levy to do a breaking news update on the "Pizza Upgrade."
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"Western New York, this is for you," Levy began.
He recounted how he and his colleagues had questioned the skimpiness of the prize, before quoting a marketing manager for Santora's who told The Buffalo News that people outside Buffalo don't realize how good the pizza is here and how filling a medium pizza can be.
"The NFL should have gone with Santora's over Pizza Hut as their new official pizza," Levy quipped.